“The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation,” according to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
“Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture,” according to the website.
Every year, tens of thousands of prayer events occur nationwide. The Parowan Interfaith Alliance has carried on a tradition for the past 15 years of observing the National Day of Prayer. Gail Harris, of the Parowan Interfaith Alliance, said this year’s theme is “Wake Up America” and will focus on the concepts of “Time for Freedom,” “Time for Families,” “Time for Truth,” and “Time for Prayer.” Residents of Parowan, representing different faiths, will participate in the program and deliver messages or musical presentations based on these themes, she said.
“The hope is that all across America in all of these small communities … as this prayer goes up … there is a unity and a purpose that is found,” Harris said.
The event will feature patriotic music and will end with a group sing-along of “God Bless America” and “Let there be Peace on Earth.” Parowan Mayor Don Landes will also read the National Day of Prayer Proclamation.
Members of Parowan United Methodist Church, Grace Christian Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have helped to organize the event and will participate in the program.
The observance, created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, “belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom; the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer,” according to the website.
For more information, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.